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Sunday, November 29, 2015 – A Message from the Choir Director

MassDear Parish Family,

Thank you for the gift of your friendship. I acknowledge our relationship as brothers and sisters in Christ. We are blessed to be a part of God’s family. I am humbled by God’s having given us each our own talents. It seems to be certain that our ability to share them with each other is part of the blessing which God bestows. I hope that we may be one in desiring to be concerned about our brothers and sisters in Christ who are unwilling to live their lives in true communion with Jesus and us. It is a sadness which we endure to live with this, and how hard it may be to know the reasons. 6BWhat we do know is that God works all things for the good of all and, ultimately, his glory. Truly, in prayer we can ask God for mercy for those whom we are concerned and how we may love them. Truly also, the Mass is the most powerful prayer in which we can participate. I encourage us all to be united in committing to this prayer. After all, “Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build.” (Psalm 127:1a)

Sincerely yours,

John Frye



In the Spring of 1988, Bishop William D. Keeler formed a new parish to accommodate the rapid growth in Silver Spring Township and named Reverend James R. O’Brien as the founding pastor. That same year, Mother Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul, II. Saint Katharine DrexelAt Bishop Keeler’s request, the Holy Father gave his permission to name the Parish in Silver Spring Township as the first parish in the world to be named in her honor. Eighteen years later, on October 1, 2000, Blessed Katharine Drexel was canonized and the church’s name changed to Saint Katharine Drexel.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Family, guided by the Holy Spirit, commits itself to reaching out and sharing with all people the love and service modeled by our patroness, with the Eucharist as our source of strength. Through prayer and action, we will serve God, our Lord and Savior, and our community, exhibiting a special concern for the poor, oppressed and marginalized of our society, especially those among the African-American & Native-American peoples.


 Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us,
the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
"If you knew the gift of God!"

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgive by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

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Upcoming Events

November 30, 2015
  • Adult Faith Formation Committee Mtg
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

December 1, 2015
  • Scripture Study/Faith Sharing
    9:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Prayer and Life Workshop
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

December 2, 2015
  • First Penance Rehearsal
    5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Religious Education Session III
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

December 3, 2015
  • Adult Faith Enrichment
    9:30 am - 11:00 am

  • Scripture Study/Faith Sharing
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Choir Practice
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Choir Loft

  • Knights of Columbus Business Mtg
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

December 4, 2015
  • First Friday Liturgy
    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • First Friday at the Bridges
    10:30 am - 11:30 am

December 5, 2015
  • That Man Is You
    6:30 am - 8:00 am
    Msgr Smith CC/Library

  • 1st Saturday Mass
    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Prayer and Care Wrap-Up Mtg
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Msgr Smith CC

  • First Penance
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

  • First Penance Reception
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Religious Ed. Area

  • Advent Parish Confessions
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Knights of Columbus Christmas Cards
    5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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